WordPress SEO Issues: How to Deal With Them

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There are really only three different types of platforms that most sites are based off of: Static HTML, CMS or an e-commerce platform. But for bloggers, WordPress and other CMS platforms are quickly becoming the norm. While other CMS platforms such as Joomla or Drupal are also popular, WordPress has a larger user base.

The main point of writing a blog or developing a site is to have your content be found and read. As a result, after developing your site and content, implementing search engine optimization (SEO0 might be the most important thing you can do. For most WordPress users, this can be a problem. Unlike static site users, most WordPress users are using the platform because they don’t have the knowledge or background to go in and make more advanced changes to the site.

Why WordPress?

Great out of the box and ready to go within a few minutes.

It’s easy to find developers to help you with issues you may have.

It is open source software, which means there are millions of experts who can help you with almost any issue you may have.

Awesome plugins.

Negatives of WordPress

Not as robust for complex sites with larger databases.

Little support from WordPress.

Big target for hackers.

One of the biggest SEO issues within WordPress is duplicate content. Many of these duplicate content issues arise from tag pages, category pages, data archive pages, author pages and pagination pages. Most of these issues arise due to showing the full post of a blog on the home page with the tag and category pages, but it adds no value. The tag and category pages then create duplicate content. Heavy site-wide sidebar links with archives and category pages are telling search engine spiders to go the duplicate content which, obviously, is not good.

So how do you correct these issues? One of the first things to do about duplicate archive pages is to no-index pages that are not unique. However, if you do want to keep archive page types, you need to create a separate PHP file. To do this, follow these steps below.

Step 1 — Go to php files.

Step 2 — On server create .php file inside theme php.

Step 3 — Copy existing code and paste in new file.

Step 4 — Locate where the body text begins.

Step 5 — Insert custom tag above where posts are displayed.

One of the things I use on my WordPress sites are Yoast SEO tools, which let you edit a lot of the meta data on a site. The Yoast SEO tool also inserts rel=”next” and rel=”prev” in the head of paginated pages. So for example, pages that are deeper on your home page will already tell search engines the order of your pages. This will also help with canonicalization issues.

Some sites do have issues with dynamic pages created by plug ins. If you have issues with problematic parameters, create an actual robots.txt file and place it in the server to override the virtual WordPress version. Use the robots.txt to disallow the section of your site. It would also be a good idea to block the parameters within GWT.

I hope this article has been helpful for those of you with some of these issues on your WordPress site. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section and I’ll do my best to answer.


Frank Conley is an SEO strategist working on multiple sites, currently One Vision TV.

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U.K. Likely to Follow Iceland’s Anti-Internet Porn Lead, Expert Predicts

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A well-known anti-pornography advocate believes the U.K. will soon follow in Iceland’s footsteps in considering a ban on online porn.

British-American academic and author Dr. Gail Dines told The Guardian it is likely Britain will be next in line to attempt to bar “increasingly brutal and hardcore imagery which is now the standard.”

“I have been talking to charities in the U.K. and the NSPCC and professionals and they are seeing what is happening, the rise in child abuse, the violence,” Dines said.

“There are real moves afoot to follow Iceland. We live in a very closed-down society when it comes to talking about sex so a lot of people have their heads in the sand but not those working on the ground. You cannot leave it to parents. Online porn is shaping the sexual lives of our young people.”

Iceland’s interior minister Ögmundur Jónasson is in the process of drafting legislation to cut off access to pornographic images and videos online. The move comes after a country-wide consultation uncovered support for a ban. Health and education professionals and the police were the biggest proponents.

“We are a progressive, liberal society when it comes to nudity, to sexual relations, so our approach is not anti-sex but anti-violence,” adviser to the interior minister Halla Gunnarsdóttir told The Guardian. “This is about children and gender equality, not about limiting free speech.

“Research shows that the average age of children who see online porn is 11 in Iceland and we are concerned about that and about the increasingly violent nature of what they are exposed to. This is concern coming to us from professionals since mainstream porn has become very brutal.”

The Internet porn ban would go hand-in-hand with Iceland’s law prohibiting the printing and distribution of porn. Internet filters, blocked addresses and making it illegal to use Icelandic credit cards to obtain pay-per-view pornography could all be part of the plan.

In Britain it is likely the ban would be for hardcore imagery rather than all porn.

Claire Lilley, of the NSPCC, a U.K. anti-child abuse organization, said the group wouldn’t ask for a widespread ban, but would like to see changes made so children would not be exposed to porn.

“The average child now has access to five devices so we are beyond the stage of a parental lock on the family PC,” Lilley told The Guardian. “But there is wrangling and foot-dragging from the Internet service providers over how we can implement the opt-out system, where new customers to an ISP are asked specifically to say they want access to adult sites otherwise they will be blocked.”

 

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LG to Debut Optimus G Pro in North America in 2Q – Firm Also Announces $655M OLED Investment

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The Optimus G Pro Smartphone, debuted by LG in South Korea today (Feb. 18), is set to hit North America in the second quarter of this year.

The Optimus G Pro features the largest display to ever appear on an LG smartphone: the full HD IPS display delivers 1920 x 1080 pixels at 400ppi.

The device, which offers the largest battery capacity in its class at 3,140mAh, “allows for full HD viewing enjoyment for hours on end,” the company said in a press release.

“The Optimus G Pro was developed specifically to deliver vivid and superb picture quality in a large display smartphone form factor,” CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company Dr. Jong-seok Park said in a press release.

Optimus G Pro

Optimus G Pro

“We will continue to expand our position in the premium LTE smartphone segment with our superior display technology and unique user experience.”

The device includes an improved 13MP rear and 2.1MP front camera with a “dual recording” system in which both cameras can shoot simultaneously, offering a 360-degree panorama.

Optimus G Pro specifications:

• Chipset: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 Processor

• RAM: 2GB DDR

• Memory: 32GB / microSD (up to 32GB)

• Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels / 400ppi)

• Camera: Rear 13.0MP with LED Flash / Front 2.1MP

• OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

• Battery: 3,140mAh (removable / wireless charging capable)

• Size: 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4mm

OLED HDTV Investment

LG has also announced it will invest $655 million this quarter on an eight-generation OLED manufacturing line in a factory in South Korea, according to multiple news reports.

OLED displays offer superior viewing on thinner screens.

Mass production is to begin in the first half of next year.

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Parents Join Facebook to Keep an Eye On Their Kids – Study Finds Nearly Half of Moms and Dads Check Children’s Profiles on Regular Basis

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Many parents love Facebook, but not because it keeps them connected with old friends — they love it because it helps them keep tabs on their high school- and college-aged children.

In fact, nearly 50 percent of all parents using Facebook have joined specifically to spy on their kids, a new study by Education Database Online has discovered.

“Even if your parents don’t write directly on your Facebook wall, you might be surprised at how often they take a peek at your profile, just to make sure you’re staying out of trouble,” reads the Education Database Online Blog.

“Nearly half of the parents who have Facebook accounts look at their son or daughter’s profile every single day, and one in two parents on the social media network confess that part of why they joined Facebook was primarily to keep an eye on their kids.”

The study found 43 percent of parents check out their children’s Facebook profile every day while 31 percent check four to five times per week.

Not all parents check up on their children, however. Fourteen percent look at their children’s Facebook profile only sporadically, 11 percent check only once a month and one percent never even take a peek.

Parents most often check their children’s status updates (41 percent), what other people post on their walls (39 percent) and the photos they are tagged in (29 percent).

Although Facebook’s rules require children be at least 13 to use the social networking site, the study revealed about 7.5 million under-agers are members — another concern for parents.

 
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Technology News Briefs — Feb. 18, 2013

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Google To Open Retail Locations Later This Year

Retail outlets are in Google’s future.

The technology giant is in the process of constructing stand-alone stores to give consumers a hands-on experience with its growing number of devices, “an extremely reliable source,” told 9to5Google.

The company “hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas,” according to the 9to5Google report.

Google is following in the steps of competitors Apple and Microsoft — both companies have retail outlets in a bid to get their products into the hands of customers who want to test a device before purchasing it.

Opening the retail locations will give Google the chance to demonstrate the Nexus and Chromebooks to prospective customers.

The report, however, flies in the face of statements made by Google Shopping head Sameer Samat in December.

Samat told All Things D Google has “no aspirations to open a store.”

“We aren’t planning on being a retailer,” he said. “We don’t view being a retailer right now as the right decision.”

Apple Continues iPhone Fight in Brazil

Apple is not giving up the fight to gain exclusive rights to the iPhone trademark in Brazil.

Apple is challenging a ruling by the National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) that the iPhone names belongs to IGB Eletronica, formerly known as Gradiente Electronica.

In its decision, INPI said it ruled in favor of IGB because the firm filed its application first (in 2000) and received approval Jan. 2, 2008.

Apple, however, maintains it should have exclusive rights to the iPhone moniker because although Gradiente registered the iPhone name in that country seven years earlier than Apple, it did not launch a product bearing the name until last December. Gradiente released its iPhone, an Android powered Smartphone, in late December.

In its challenge, Apple contends Gradiente’s rights have expired because it failed to make use of the trademark in the five years after receiving approval.

According to IBN Live, an INPI spokesperson said to keep from losing its trademark rights, IGB must prove within 60 days that it made use of the trademark between January 2008 and January 2013.

Facebook Top Social Media Site

Facebook remains the social network of choice, handily beating out other sites for the top spot in December 2012.

A recent report by comScore indicated that while 191.4 million people visited Google sites last December, 83 percent of all time American desktop users spent social networking last year was done on Facebook.

Google’s sites, co-operatively, nabbed 10 percent while Tumblr grabbed 5.7 percent. Time spent on Pinterest accounted for 1.9 percent of Americans’ social networking time while, Twitter and Linked had 1.7 percent and 1.4 percent respectively.

ComScore also found that Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram all enjoyed spikes in unique audience visits in the U.S. between December of 2011 and December of 2012. The increasing interest in the three sites was dubbed “the rise of the visual Web,” by comScore.

Tumblr had 30.8 million visitors in December, a 64 percent increase, while interest in both Pinterest and Instagram spiked by 284 percent. Pinterest had 28.9 million visitors last December to Instagram’s 27.4 million.

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Technology News Briefs — Feb. 18, 2013

Facebook Targeted By Hackers – No Member Information Compromised, Social Network Says

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Facebook was the target of a “sophisticated” hacking attempt last month, but none of the information of its one billion users was compromised, the social network has announced.

The attack occurred when a number of Facebook employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised.

A Java zero-day exploit “allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops,” Facebook’s Security team said in a blog Friday (Feb. 15) evening.

“The laptops were fully-patched and running up-to-date anti-virus software. As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.”

The incident was immediately reported to Oracle. A patch was provided Feb. 1 to address the vulnerability.

Facebook’s security team discovered there was a problem after flagging a suspicious domain in the network’s corporate DNS logs and tracked it back to an employee laptop. A forensic examination of the laptop identified a malicious file. A company-wide search resulted in several other employee laptops being flagged.

Once the laptops had been remediated, law enforcement was called in. Facebook is continuing to work with the police and the other organizations and entities affected by this Java zero-day attack.

“Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well,” Facebook Security said. “As one of the first companies to discover this malware, we immediately took steps to start sharing details about the infiltration with the other companies and entities that were affected. We plan to continue collaborating on this incident through an informal working group and other means.”

Facebook also said it invests “heavily in preventing, detecting, and responding to threats that target our infrastructure, and we never stop working to protect the people who use our service. The vast majority of the time, we are successful in preventing harm before it happens, and our security team works to quickly and effectively investigate and stop abuse.”

This is not the first time Facebook Security has collaborated with police to take down hackers.

The unit teamed up with the FBI last fall to put out of commission an international cyber-crime ring linked to more than 11 million compromised computer systems globally causing more than $850 million in losses.

As a result of that investigation, the FBI arrested 10 people linked to the use of the Butterfly Botnet, also known as Yahos, which pilfered computer users’ credit cards, bank accounts, and other personal identifiable information.

Facebook’s security team assisted the FBI after Yahos targeted its users from 2010 to October 2012.

“Facebook’s security team provided assistance to law enforcement throughout the investigation by helping to identify the root cause, the perpetrators, and those affected by the malware,” the FBI said.

The social network’s “security systems were able to detect affected accounts and provide tools to remove these threats.”

 

 

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